(REVIEW) WILL HAUNT YOU by Brian Kirk

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Rumors of a deadly book have been floating around the dark corners of the deep web. A disturbing tale about a mysterious figure who preys on those who read the book and subjects them to a world of personalized terror. Jesse Wheeler–former guitarist of the heavy metal group The Rising Dead–was quick to discount the ominous folklore associated with the book. It takes more than some urban legend to frighten him. Hell, reality is scary enough. Seven years ago his greatest responsibility was the nightly guitar solo. Then one night when Jesse was blackout drunk, he accidentally injured his son, leaving him permanently disabled. Dreams of being a rock star died when he destroyed his son’s future. Now he cuts radio jingles and fights to stay clean. But Jesse is wrong.

The legend is real–and tonight he will become the protagonist in an elaborate scheme specifically tailored to prey on his fears and resurrect the ghosts from his past. Jesse is not the only one in danger, however.

By reading the book, you have volunteered to participate in the author’s deadly game, with every page drawing you closer to your own personalized nightmare.

The real horror doesn’t begin until you reach the end. That’s when the evil comes for you.

 

 

 

 

 

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Brian Kirk is a man that writes like no other. His horror is psychological, complex, and freaky.
One man’s dark secret will come to light, and his life and that of his family will be on the line.
WILL HAUNT YOU is original and mind-bending. Not your typical horror novel, this one will turn your brain upside down and spin you right round, baby.!

4.5 stars!
Recommended.

 

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Brian Kirk is a Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of dark thrillers and psychological suspense. His debut novel, WE ARE MONSTERS, was released in July 2015. In addition to being nominated for a Bram Stoker Award® for Superior Achievement in a First Novel, WE ARE MONSTERS was optioned for film development by Executive Producer, Jason Shuman.

His short fiction has been published in many notable magazines and anthologies, most recently Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories alongside multiple New York Times bestselling authors.
Find out more about Brian Kirk at his website: BRIAN KIRK: A JOURNEY OF THE IMAGINATION

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(Review) THE RUST MAIDENS by Gwendolyn Kiste

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Something’s happening to the girls on Denton Street.

It’s the summer of 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, and Phoebe Shaw and her best friend Jacqueline have just graduated high school, only to confront an ugly, uncertain future. Across the city, abandoned factories populate the skyline; meanwhile at the shore, one strong spark, and the Cuyahoga River might catch fire. But none of that compares to what’s happening in their own west side neighborhood. The girls Phoebe and Jacqueline have grown up with are changing. It starts with footprints of dark water on the sidewalk. Then, one by one, the girls’ bodies wither away, their fingernails turning to broken glass, and their bones exposed like corroded metal beneath their flesh.

As rumors spread about the grotesque transformations, soon everyone from nosy tourists to clinic doctors and government men start arriving on Denton Street, eager to catch sight of “the Rust Maidens” in metamorphosis. But even with all the onlookers, nobody can explain what’s happening or why–except perhaps the Rust Maidens themselves. Whispering in secret, they know more than they’re telling, and Phoebe realizes her former friends are quietly preparing for something that will tear their neighborhood apart.

Alternating between past and present, Phoebe struggles to unravel the mystery of the Rust Maidens–and her own unwitting role in the transformations–before she loses everything she’s held dear: her home, her best friend, and even perhaps her own body.

 

MY REVIEW:

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gwendolyn Kiste isn’t new to the horror scene, but she is new to me. I’d been hearing about this book that was coming out soon, about this writer and how this was her first novel. Kiste has collections and a novella out there (which I will be hunting down), but this –THE RUST MAIDENS-is her first full-length novel. I managed to get a hold of a pre-release copy, and I must say, I was not disappointed.

Kiste’s novel is not just a good story (It’s a great story), it’s a statement to the literary world: Kiste is here and now, one of the best young writers in the fiction world. I couldn’t understand for the life of me how THE RUST MAIDENS isn’t with one of the big publishers. This book is fantastic.

The story centers around a young woman named, Phoebe, and five of the girls from her graduating class. When the girls, including Phoebe’s cousin and best friend, Jacqueline, begin to change amidst the strike at the mill, and the mothers of the block’s disparate clutch on perceptions, the street, the town, and those families involved are turned upside down. What exactly is happening to these girls? Why would they do this now of all times? When will it all return to normal?

“The flame of the mill burned bright overhead, but its warmth might as well have been a thousand miles away.”
Phoebe finds herself in a battle against loneliness, and an uncertain future. She should be riding out of town with her best friend ,ready for college and a life outside of Cleveland, but instead, she winds up on a quest for answers she may never receive in a place that just wishes she would leave things be.
“I’m a woman with half a century of life experience, who still can’t do a convincing impression of a human being.”

It does feature Phoebe now, decades later returning to the town and problems she eventually runs away from. But most of the story is of that summer of 1980.

Kiste does a wonderful job ingraining us through Phoebe to this place in time, this dying city in 1980. You feel the desperation. The need to get out. To get out before the dead end town claims you next. You feel the squeeze of lean and mean times as her father’s job at the mill is in jeopardy. You feel the fear of being stuck in a place, doomed to give away the world you received in a never ending cycle, and how even though you know this, there’s still no way to change it. The same way Phoebe knows, the girls have a fate that she cannot stand in the way of no matter how hard she tries.
Still, she tries. She refuses to accept that all hope is gone. And Kiste transfers that hope to the reader.

I took my time reading this book because I wanted to stay there and hang with these characters, to take Phoebe’s hand and stand with her against her world. And that’s the best compliment I can offer to the author. I loved this book.

Another thing I loved was the soundtrack. Kiste’s use of a few select artists does wonders in pulling the reader deeper into the experience. You get Tom Petty’s jangly guitars lifting you up and giving you just enough hope that things will be all right. You get The Carpenter’s fraudulent, soothing lullabies that everything is normal, and then you get the all too real, working class it is what it is-our lot in life- of Bob Seger. On the east Coast, we tend to tune into Springsteen for this, but Kiste being from Ohio, uses the Mid-West equivalent and it fits perfectly. Confession time: I went to bed a number of nights after reading a few chapters listening to Bob Seger’s Stranger in Town record.

Not an outright horror novel, but THE RUST MAIDENS is a book I will not soon forget.

I give THE RUST MAIDENS 5 stars! Easily the best first novel I’ve read in a long time.

 

THE RUST MAIDENS will be released Friday November 16th. You should definitely grab a copy.

pre-order yours here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GVSDYDD/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i0

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Gwendolyn Kiste is a speculative fiction writer based in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in Nightmare, Shimmer, Interzone, Daily Science Fiction, and LampLight among others. Her debut collection, AND HER SMILE WILL UNTETHER THE UNIVERSE, was released through JournalStone in April 2017. She currently resides on an abandoned horse farm with her husband, two cats, and not nearly enough ghosts.

 

 

Check out Gwendolyn’s website: www.GwendolynKiste.com

And find her on Twitter: @GwendolynKiste

THE WINDOW, my birthday, and some sweet ass 99 Cent Deals!

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“Glenn Rolfe delivers a chilling tale of demonic possession that keeps you
turning pages all night long.”  -Russell James, author of Q Island

“Never gonna look in a mirror or out a window again! The Window is deep and rich…(and) will surely scare your socks off!” – The Haunted Reading Room

My new novel is out tomorrow!  I can’t believe it’s already here.

What kind of demons await you tonight?

For Richie, life’s constant cheap shots are adding up. When he finds something is watching him, he never dreamed that it would show him everything he ever wanted.

When his son, James, comes to stay for the last month of summer, the changes in his father’s behavior come to the forefront. What is his father doing staring into the window in the middle of the night?
Was the fiery spark in the dark real? Or is Jame’s imagination getting the best of him?

Summer’s almost over.
And life is about to change.
Will James be able to save his father? Or is it already too late?

The Window holds the answers…and the key.

You can snag your Kindle copy here: THE WINDOW

The print edition should be out in the second half of October.

If that isn’t enough for you, a number of my other titles will be on sale all weekend for just 99 cents!  Sunday is my birthday and I figured I’d give you guys some gifts!

Click on the cover photos below to grab you cheap copies.

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So, this weekend is a happy Release Day for THE WINDOW and for me (41 years!).

I hope you’ll help me celebrate by picking up the new book and maybe a couple of others.   All RT’s and shares are , as always, greatly appreciated.

Let’s get Rolfed!

THE WINDOW WORLD TOUR!

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I’m so excited for you all to read this novel. Can’t believe it comes out this Friday. It has been years in the making. And I’m happy to finally get to talk about it and share the journey this baby took to get here.

Stay tuned for many guest posts/articles, interviews, and reviews in the weeks and months ahead.

We started things off with Kendall Reviews and Ink Heist.

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Interview with KENDALL REVIEWS: http://kendallreviews.com/kendall-reviews-talks-with-glenn-rolfe-author-of-land-of-bones-becoming-and-the-forthcoming-novel-the-window/

And this guest post at INK HEIST: https://inkheist.com/2018/09/25/the-price-you-pay-by-glenn-rolfe/#more-575

Thanks to both for having me!

If you guys have any questions for me, THE WINDOW is Horror Aficionados (Author-Invite) group read for October! I’ll be checking in every day from now until we finish, so click this link and join us: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/19548778-october-2018-group-read-2-with-guest-author-glenn-rolfe  

And thanks to Ken at Horror Aficionados for letting me come back!

Pre-order your copy of THE WINDOW here: E-Book $2.99  

Stay tuned for the print edition announcement. It looks like I’ll be working with Lori Michelle and Michael Bray to get this baby nice and pretty.

Expect it sometime in October.

 

 

Coming September 28th: THE WINDOW

 

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What kind of demons await you tonight?

For Richie, life’s constant cheap shots are adding up. When he finds something is watching him, he never dreamed that it would show him everything he ever wanted.

When his son, James, comes to stay for the last month of summer, the changes in his father’s behavior come to the forefront. What is his father doing staring into the window in the middle of the night?
Was the fiery spark in the dark real? Or is Jame’s imagination getting the best of him?

Summer’s almost over.
And life is about to change.
Will James be able to save his father? Or is it already too late?

The Window holds the answers…and the key.
The new and terrifying novel from Glenn Rolfe, author of LAND OF BONES and BECOMING

Pre-order now: http://mybook.to/TheWindow  

OUT Friday September 28th.

Stay tuned for Blog Tour stops with INK HEIST, KENDALL REVIEWS, FRANK MICHAEL ERRINGTON, and more TBA.

Also October’s Author-Invite Group Read at Horror Aficionados (GoodReads)

(Album Review) AS YOU WERE by Liam Gallagher

(Album Review)

AS YOU WERE by Liam Gallagher

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After two Beady Eye records, Liam Gallagher’s post-Oasis life seemed, well, like we might just be waiting for the Brothers Gallagher to reconcile and give us the “better together” music we Oasis fans were waiting for. Let’s face it, even Noel, the genius songwriter, gave us two so-so records. When word hit the streets that Liam was preparing his first solo record, I tempered my expectations, while simultaneously praying for something like “Songbird” or “Out of Time”, but without Noel to help fully shape Liam’s tunes, I wasn’t about to hold my breath.

The first track we got was the very cool, very-Liam “Wall of Glass”. This one opens AS YOU WERE, and rightfully so, it’s full of the rock n roll swagger Liam has exuded since bursting on the scene with Oasis on 1994’s Definitely Maybe. There’s even a bit of Definitely Maybe’s psychedelic fuzz present in the spaces between verse and chorus.

“Wall of Glass” is followed up by “Bold”. Another terrific track that features Liam’s first playful jab at Noel’s last record: “When I wake up and I hear you say, there’s no love worth chasing yesterday…” “Bold” is laid back yet simmering with Gallagher’s petulance.

“Greedy Soul” continues the “I am Liam, hear me roar, or don’t, I don’t really give a fuck” waltz.  While some of Liam’s silly lyrics show up in the verses, the pre-chorus and chorus just make this song so awesome. Gallagher’s voice sounds amazing.

And then, we get to “Paper Crown”. Written by outside contributors, this one is my favorite track on the record. It is beautiful, very Beatle-y, and Gallagher’s best vocal on the record. I LOVE this song.

“For What It’s Worth” is another standout, and maybe the closest Gallagher has come to a power ballad since “Stop Crying Your Heart Out” or “Don’t Go Away”. As much as I love this song, it is the first point in the album where I missed Noel’s Midas touch.  There are empty spaces before and after the great chorus that leave the track feeling like a very well-produced demo version. I yearned for either Noel’s guitar and/or backing vocals here. Whatever, the song is still pretty stellar.

“When I’m in Need” is the first so-so song on the album. Maybe some will like it better than me. I would have left it for a b-side.

Thankfully, the album doesn’t waste any time kicking back into high gear with four five more great songs: “You Better Run” and “I Get By” are hard-charging, foot-stomping arena-ready rockers, while “Chinatown” acts as a nice, and much needed breather. Dumb lyrics try to derail the song (*note-Gallagher didn’t write this one. Outside writers are to blame), but if you can ignore them, it has a great chilled vibe.  “Come Back to Me” is another one of my favorites. It has a very “Be Here Now”-vibe to it. I dig it.

“Universal Gleam” and “I’ve All I Need” are great ways to close the album out. Honest lyrics from Gallagher set to very chilled, “the party’s over” mid-temp music. Personally, I would have went with one or the other to close it out, but they’re both strong tracks, so…all’s well that ends…..well.

Overall, I give AS YOU WERE a B+ rating. A very pleasant surprise. Better than either Beady Eye or High Flying Birds record. Better than a number of Oasis records.  Liam sounds fantastic, the songs are all good to great, and really only held back at all by some spotty, nonsense lyrics. But if you’re an Oasis fan, you know not to expect Springsteen in any Gallagher message. Liam is roaring, and it’s time to rock n roll.  As you were.

Favorite Tracks: “Paper Crown”, “Wall of Glass”, “Come Back to Me”, “For What It’s Worth”

Grab a copy: LIAM GALLAGHER- AS YOU WERE

BECOMING Selected for GORE and MORE’s April Group Read.

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Ken McKinley, head of the Goodreads group GORE and MORE. contacted me about being the guest author of their monthly group read. BECOMING will be April’s featured book, and in honor of such, I have lowered the eBook price to $2.99 for the entire month (starting today). The group read officially starts April 10th, so you should have plenty of time to finish up your current read (unless you’re re-reading IT). Join the group read HERE.

I will be in everyday checking on progress, answering questions, sharing stories and influences, and hopefully chatting it up with a number of you.  If you have a copy already or pick up a discounted one, please come join the group and share your experience.

This story is a bit lighter on the gore, but the characters really shine through. If you’re a fan of movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Faculty,  or books like The Tommyknockers or Video Night, I think you’ll have fun with this little creature-feature.

As an author, this is a very rare thing when we can actually be with you as you read. I’m excited. I love this story and hope to see you in the discussions.

Cheers!

-Glenn

Purchase your discount copy here: BECOMING    Join the group and read along : GORE and MORE

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“A vital part of this generation.” -Brian Keene, author of THE COMPLEX and THE RISING

Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth….
A change has come today.

After Michele Cote’s best friend disappears, no one believes her story of about the thing responsible for his abduction. Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.

When other members of the community begin to change or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason in order to stop the evil seeping into this small town. With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.

You can’t destroy what you don’t understand. For the small town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change…for better or worse.

Becoming is the next horrifying novel from author, Glenn Rolfe.

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Praise for BECOMING

“Oh my…old-fashioned creature feature here, Becoming, is raw horror…” – The Haunted Reading Room

“The vibrations resonating through the words are equal part body snatcher, IT (on a much smaller scale) and Croatoan lore. Becoming is fast paced, constantly amped up, and hella fun.” – The Eyes of Madness

“Rolfe doesn’t hold back when it comes to gore and carnage. Several twists come out during the tale to further heighten the excitement, and bring forth an entirely new level of horror to contemplate.” – Horror After Dark

“Glenn Rolfe has done it again! Another fast-paced read from beginning to end, Becoming, shows that Rolfe is indeed, becoming a force to be reckoned with. I don’t know about you guys, but back in the day (early 70’s) when John Saul, Dean Koontz, and that other guy, Stephen King, were getting started in their horror writing careers, this was the type of story they would write and I would want to read.” – Horror Novel Reviews

“Family plays a vital role in underpinning Becoming‘s thematic nature and the character’s longing for stability in their interpersonal relationships. It’s good stuff!” – Michael Patrick Hicks, author of Revolver 

“I was dying for an old school, creature feature. Well, author, Glenn Rolfe just filled that void for me. As in the manner of the“Body Snatchers” which is given a nod to in Becoming, that’s what you have going on in this mystery a “Hostile Takeover”. It was like watching a movie from late Saturday night, 1970 Chiller Channel. I loved it.” – Robin Lee’s Darkside

Becoming is a creepy horror tale with depth. Rolfe has created characters you can root for, that you will care about. And underneath it all is a subtle yet powerful warning about blindly following others, a message that’s as timeless as it is timely.” – J.H. Moncrieff, author of City of Ghosts and The Bear Who Wouldn’t Leave

“Becoming took me back to the horror books of my teens, to the creature features with cheesy covers that my love of horror was built on…” – Scarlet’s Web

“The monstrous and possessed finale crashes down on a furious wave of murky lake water and nasty green-eyed buggers looking to run the show. It’s quick. It’s bloody.” – Unnerving Magazine

(Review) WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING by Hunter Shea

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They’ve watched over the house for generations… 

The move from New York to the decrepit Pennsylvania farmhouse is as bad as West Ridley thought it would be. His father’s crippling vertigo only seems to get worse, and even with his mother working herself to the bone, they’re out of money and options.

Grandpa Abraham is a drunk bastard and the living embodiment of the long neglected farmhouse. He claims the place is haunted. Ghosts roam the hall at night and their muffled cries fill the silence of warm, summer nights.

On the ceiling above West’s bed are the words WE SEE YOU. In a house plagued by death and mysterious visitations, West realizes something beyond the fiction of his favorite horror books has to be faced.

Dark secrets are buried deep, and there are Guardians who want to keep it that way. No matter where they go or what they do, West and his family know one thing… they are always watching.

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hunter Shea is one of my current writers that I know will deliver the goods each time out.
WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING (Sinister Grin Press) offers another solid glimpse into an author who is a master of creating characters that are just as fallible as you and I.
Grandpa Abraham is a great, cranky old man. The relationship he builds with his grandson, West, is wonderful to watch (or read) unfold. Their shared scenes throughout most of the book are the heart and soul of this one.

The story is about a family and their home being stalked from the shadows by a someone, or someones, referring to themselves The Guardians. Odd messages are left outside the house, but take a turn for the freakier when the messages appear INSIDE the home. Is it ghosts? Is it neighborhood kids? Is it someone closer than we think?
The ending is action-packed.

Fair warning: There were some slow chapters in here. The story dragged a bit in spots, but nothing that kept me from enjoying the overall story. After finishing the book, there were still “good guys” that I couldn’t pull for, and “bad guys” that didn’t get a fair shake. That could just be me, or maybe Shea wants us to question this, as well.

I think you’ll have fun with this one.

I give WE ARE ALWAYS WATCHING 4 stars!
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We Are Always Watching, Synopsis

  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2017                                       Media Kit

Publicist/Marketing: Erin Al-Mehairi
Contact: hookofabook@hotmail.com

Follow along the tour with these hashtags:

#WeAreAlwaysWatching #ISeeYou
#HunterShea #SinisterGrinPress

Hunter Shea, Biography

Hunter Shea is the product of a misspent childhood watching scary movies, reading forbidden books and wishing Bigfoot would walk past his house. He doesn’t just write about the paranormal – he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself. Hunter’s novels can even be found on display at the International Cryptozoology Museum. His video podcast, Monster Men, is one of the most watched horror podcasts in the world. He’s a bestselling author of frightful tales such as The Montauk Monster, They Rise, Island of the Forbidden, Tortures of the Damned, The Jersey Devil, and many more, all of them written with the express desire to quicken heartbeats and make spines tingle.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he’s happy to be close enough to New York City to gobble down Gray’s Papaya hotdogs when the craving hits.

You can follow Hunter and join his action packed Dark Hunter Newsletter at www.huntershea.com.

Praise for Hunter Shea

“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness

“Hunter Shea has his own style. It’s simple, yet well-written, stories that flow with ease. Mr. Shea graciously walks you through the adventure and mystery, all the while, tickling the hairs on the nape of your neck and filling the pit of your guts with lead. It’s this “I’m your friend who just might make you wanna sleep with the lights on” relationship the author builds with us that keeps us comfortable, but not too comfortable, and on our toes throughout his work. I find that an extremely admirable ability.” –Glenn Rolfe, Author of Chasing Ghosts and The Haunted Halls

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Also, COMING IN APRIL from HUNTER SHEA:

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Stay tuned!!!!!

(Review) Splinterlands by John Feffer and Exorcist Falls by Jonathan Janz

I’ve been a bit behind on my reading in the last six weeks or so, but… I did manage to fit in these two fantastic novels. SPLINTERLANDS by John Feffer and EXORCIST FALLS by Jonathan Janz

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Up first, we have one of my surprise finds from the library. John Feffer-SPLINTERLANDS

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“The wolf is at the door. I don’t know why you can’t hear it. But I hear it. And I know how hungry it is.”

Am I glad that I’ve started using the library? Heck yes. Browsing the “New Arrivals” shelf introduces me to works I might otherwise never come across. Such as John Feffers’ SPLINTERLANDS.
Is it horror? Not genre-wise, but it is scary as Hell.

“Water boils fiercely just before it disappears. And so it is, evidently with human affairs.”

Its a short dystopian novel that is eerily tied in with far too many things actually happening right before our eyes in 2017. Hurricane Donald (very apropos), the result of our ignoring climate-change, wipes out Washington DC. The world is in flux under the ever-growing number of countries splintering into separate, self-governed states (see Brexit, or the increasingly popular idea of Cal-Exit), geo-paleontologist and author of “Splinterlands”, Dr. West, sets out to write his follow-up report, and also, to reconnect with his splintered family.
The journey is fantastic. I couldn’t put the book down.

This short novel is freaky with how close we are to following in its “fictitious” future’s footsteps.
I won’t give away any spoilers, but I would suggest anyone out there who loves good fiction, horror or otherwise, to track SPLINTERLANDS down. Hell, I honestly wouldn’t mind seeing this book become “mandatory reading” for high school kids and adults alike.

“Empires, like children, think they’ll live forever.”

I fear the future, especially these past few months of “Hurricane” Donald Drumpf with a too-large number of our country’s citizens eyeing immigrants as enemies. SPLINTERLANDS is scary, and it should be. Anything with an honest message of what-could-be, should be taken seriously and carefully considered. We the people should take a lot more things in our country seriously before they land us in this future.

“I don’t doubt that we still have convictions. We just don’t seem to have the requisite courage to follow them.”

I give SPLINTERLANDS 5 stars!

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And I got the chance to read one of my most-anticipated releases for 2017, Jonathan Janz- EXORCIST FALLS

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was my most anticipated release of 2017, so my expectations were extremely high. EXORCIST FALLS did not fail to entertain.

This book starts with the original novella, EXORCIST ROAD, one of my favorite pieces by Janz. It was great to re-read it here and love it just as much.

That brings us to the follow-up, the short novel, EXORCIST FALLS.
This story was pretty great, overall.
I loved not knowing what was going to happen. Every time I thought (or hoped) I knew where Janz was going, he took my someplace else. He really did an amazing job of keeping you off guard throughout.

Father Crowder is definitely the star of the show, and you’ll be praying for Danny Hartman to get his. There’s a lot of great gore and wildly imaginative action going on that is also well balanced with the internal struggle between Crowder and his curse. Janz’s writing is on point.

There were a few characters that fell flat (Liz) or seemed to be a little inconsistent from start to finish (Father Patterson, for instance). That said, neither character ruined the experience for me.

The ending….I won’t give it away, but it was both REALLY awesome and somewhat disappointing. Sound confusing? Yeah, it’s a frustrating thing. I LOVE where Janz goes here, but I think he should have written about three more chapters and brought the story to an even more amazing conclusion. Oh well. Not everything works the way we, the reader, want it to.

I still give EXORCIST FALLS 4 stars! Entertaining as hell.
I look forward to seeing it on many, many year end lists.

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I should have some new reviews for Hunter Shea, Patrick Lacey, William Meikle, and Jason Arnopp coming up…..

STAY TUNED!

My new novel BECOMING is out now!

In case you hadn’t noticed, my new novel, BECOMING, is out a few days early.

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Note: All pre-orders were cancelled. If you did pre-order it, you will have to go to amazon and purchase it now.

Okay, all that out of the way….Let’s talk about the book.

I started writing the original version of this story back in April of 2013. It was started as a serial novel for the Jukepop Serials website. Somewhere along the way, that version of the story fell apart. I set it aside for a year and a half before picking it back up and  completing a draft on my computer. While doing revisions, I ran into more problems in the story that I just hated. I tried my hand at two different manuscripts, trying like hell to save this creepy story, but they all failed. Frustrated, I gave up.

And then, someone wrote to me that had been reading the original serial version. She asked me what happened to the story. Would it ever see the light of day.

I was inspired by that message. I started writing the story from scratch. I used a few of the old scenes and most of the characters I’d creating, but the story itself changed.  The final result is the fully realized novel that I’d always hoped BECOMING could be.

And major thanks go to Jason Lynch for another amazing cover. And to Erin Sweet-Al Mehairi  for busting her hump (yet again) for me.

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The story takes place in Avalon, Maine, a quiet town near Jade Lake. Centering around three main characters, 14-year-old Michele Cote,  Sheriff Shane Davis, and a broken and battered soul named, Clint Truman.

Michele’s best friend is pulled into the lake. Is he dead? Or is he something more? Soon, members of this small community begin to disappear–one-by-one–only to return changed.

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There is a beautiful creature deep within the waters of Jade Lake and she wants to share her gifts…let her in and you will become.

Michele, Clint, and Sheriff Davis will have to fight to save their town, but when you see the glowing eyes is it already to late?

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I invite you to Avalon. Come to Jade Lake and see what she has to offer.

BECOMING is out now.

Get your copy HERE